Under the Radar Member
I can foresee several arguments being made against you. Your dog knowing how to "knock" to come in does not equate to actually being let in. What would the general response time be to her "knock"? That may well be a factor, especially with regards to an elderly and obviously unwell animal. And that latter point may well do you in. 88 pounds for an adult St Bernard (even a smaller one) borders on emaciated. Can you show the amount of time over which that weight loss occurred? Did she have a medical condition that is documented for the weight loss? The city will likely argue that you had the dog euthanized as a result of the charges, as opposed to her welfare. In your shoes? I would at least consult with an attorney.